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Presentations, talks, and papers by the Community Architecture team. Feel free to use, modify, translate, and share these. Send comments/suggestions/patches to community-architecture-list AT redhat DOT com

Introduction to Fedora

ABSTRACT: This deck is for anyone who wants to present a general overview of what Fedora is, why it is special, and how its community operates. Useful for Fedora Ambassadors to use as-is, or as an inspiration for their own talks.

TARGET AUDIENCE: People who have heard of free software, Red Hat, or Fedora, but who have never actively participated in a community. Users of OSS who need a little bit of encouragement in order to become contributors.

Community Architecture for Fun and Profit

ABSTRACT: A talk focusing on the community building strategies and tactics implemented within Red Hat and the Fedora Project. This talk has many specific examples of the challenges of community building, and the benefits available for any business or organization in adopting a community-first mindset as its model. The audience can learn from both the successes and failures the Fedora Project had over the years.

NOTE: This is a more "advanced" talk, with lots of information provided by the speaker that is not written on the slides. Make sure you are comfortable delivering Introduction to Fedora before you give this talk.

TARGET AUDIENCE: People who are already members of OSS communities, and who want to go into detail about how create, grow, and maintain them. Especially useful to folks who have community leadership responsibilities.

Fedora Stump Speech to Attract Contributors

ABSTRACT: This talk introduces people to Fedora with a strong focus on attracting them as contributors. Rather than focusing on the details of how to join, it presents many, many reasons why to join Fedora. There is a version for general audiences and developer audiences, with an emphasis on Java and OpenJDK. Presentation includes full notes for use or reference.

TARGET AUDIENCE: People with an existing interest in open source, free culture, and collaborative communities, who may be using or contributing to open source already. Developer version is focused primarily on Java developer but can be adjusted for other languages.

Introduction to Red Hat, Fedora, and Open Source

ABSTRACT: This talk informs the audience about Red Hat's business model, the differences between Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and basic FOSS practices and terms, such as upstream and licensing.

TARGET AUDIENCE: People who need to understand how FOSS works, and how it is possible for a business to exist built on free software. This is a public version of a similar talk that is given during Red Hat's new hire orientation.

Talks for education


ABSTRACT: Focus on what students should do, which is to get involved in open source as classwork. Discusses how Red Hat/Fedora chooses and tracks community-sourced projects.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Students at high school and university level; educators looking to understand why they want to include open source coursework; people wondering how to choose and track open source projects.

Notes: There are only a few slides with all the focus on talking. The slide notes are very complete and somewhat unique to the experience of the author. To use, revise the notes to match your experiences.